Sew Your Kibbe: Flamboyant Natural

For an introduction to the Sew Your Kibbe Series, please see this post.  The posts in this series are intended to be a well researched and thorough investigation of the Kibbe style recommendations, along with several example patterns for each “level of dress.”  The posts in this series will be picture heavy and quite lengthy.  As always, you may want some tea.


In last week’s post we learned about about Kibbe’s Soft Gamine, a style type that was all about small, soft detail.  This week we are looking at a style ID that has almost the opposite requirements, the Flamboyant Natural.  The Flamboyant Natural subtype occurs when a Natural has a little extra sharpness to their features.  Kibbe’s Flamboyant Natural is described as “Free Spirit Chic.”  Although I think the Boho style is really a stereotype for Kibbe’s Naturals, it really fits in with the theme for a Flamboyant Natural!  You can read more about Kibbe’s Flamboyant Natural here.

Body Type Characteristics

The following are Kibbe’s descriptions of a Flamboyant Natural Body Type:


NOTE: The following information should be taken as a broad outline of what makes a Flamboyant Natural. It is the overall combination of the strong Yang with blunt edges (bold, strong physicality combined with a free spirit) that creates this Image Identity category. Therefore, slight deviation here or there is always possible and should not be worried over if it does not upset your Yin/Yang balance. 
Height: Moderate to very tall, usually 5 feet 5 inches and over. 
Bone structure: Large and angular with blunt edges. Broad and square bones. Wide shoulders. Long arms and legs. Large hands and feet (usually somewhat wide, but they may also be narrow, with long fingers and toes). Broad or prominent facial contours (nose, cheeks, jaw – blunt, not sharp). 
Body type: Straight and angular (broad, not sharp). Arms and legs tend toward musculature. Bust and hips tend to be flat or straight (unless very overweight). 
Facial features: Broad, blunt and open. Eyes may be very large and open or very straight and small. Lips will be straight and slightly thin. Cheeks will usually be taut, unless overweight. 
Hair: Tends toward extreme textures: either very straight and fine, or very thick and coarsely wavy/curly. 
Coloring: Any coloring is possible (warm or cool, high-contrast or blended), although Flamboyant Naturals tend to have skin that either freckles or suntans quite easily. 
If overweight: Body tends to become square and stocky, and the face becomes fleshy and puffy. Extreme excess weight will collect primarily from the waist down. 
A Flamboyant Natural will not: 

  • Have a voluptuous body type with a curvy bust and hip-line 
  • Have an hourglass figure 
  • Have delicate facial features with small or sharp bones 
  • Have exotic facial features 
  • Be extremely petite 
  • Be symmetrical in boy type, bone structure or facial features 
  • Have a sharp or extremely narrow bone structure 


The following are Kibbe’s recommendations regarding the clothing and style choices that best suit his Flamboyant Natural image ID.  The following recommendations will be taken into consideration for each garment type listed below:

  • SHAPE: Bold geometrics with rounded edges. Oversized asymmetrics with rounded edges. Rectangles, oblongs, and irregular shapes. 
  • Avoid: Sharp-edged geometrics. Ornate and intricate shapes. Symmetrical shapes. 
  • LINE AND SILHOUETTE:  Unconstructed silhouettes. Bold, sweeping lines –elongated and straight. Relaxed, unstructured outlines. Strong vertical and horizontal lines (T-shaped).
  • Avoid: Sharp, severe, or still silhouettes. Hourglass silhouettes. Symmetrical silhouettes. Sharply straight lines. Intricate, delicate lines. 
  • FABRIC:  Texture in all weights, from very light to very heavy, is the most exciting way to express yourself through fabric. A rough surface is always preferable to a flat surface. Very shiny fabrics are excellent for evening, if the weight is kept to the heavy side (stiff satins, brocades, metallics, etc). Daytime sheen should be in texture only (raw silk, shantung).  All leathers, suedes, and plush fabrics are excellent. Draped fabrics must be ultrathick and heavy. Knits should be thick, rough, bulky, heavy, or ultraplush. Skinny and ribbed knits are possible in oversized garments. Loosely woven fabrics. 
  • Avoid: Ultrasheer, flimsy or clingy fabrics. Stiff, flat fabrics. Tightly woven fabrics. Delicate, shiny fabrics. 
  • DETAIL:  Detail should be bold, oversized, irregular, asymmetric, and relaxed. Shoulders should always be broad and extended, but not particularly sharp. Necklines should be loose and open, always unconfined (boatnecks, camisoles, simple slashes, oversized cowls, open notched collars, etc.).  Waist should be elongated. A dropped waist does this best, although a “bloused-over” effect at the waist is also possible. Be very careful with waist emphasis. It is rarely helpful to you, even if your waist is small, because it destroys the strong, vertical line that is the core of your silhouette. Gathers, folds, sashes, etc., should be ultra deep and long–asymmetrical in shape, and low on the body–preferably from the hips down. Sleeves should be simple and straight, or very full and sweeping. They should always be unrestrictive to movement.  Pleats should be soft, low, and deep (inverted or kick-style, or stitched down through the midsection).  Trim should be bold, oversized, and asymmetrical or clean and minimal.  
  • Avoid: Sharp, tailored detail. Severe, geometric detail. Small, symmetrical detail. Ornate, intricate detail. Animated, “cute” detail (perky and crisp). 
  • SEPARATES are extremely exciting on you and should make up the bulk of your wardrobe. A mix-and-match effect is excellent, but be careful always to maintain an elongated vertical line with strong shoulders as the basis of your ensemble. Artfully mixing textures is especially effective. 
  • COLOR: Your use of color should be bold and vivid, with rich, vibrant tones the most exciting intensities for you. Wild and unusual color combinations express your free spirit most effectively, although rich neutrals in those lush textures you wear so well are also nice, particularly if you use vivid accents. Monochromatic schemes tend to be a little dull on you, although you may want to go with one major color that is accentuated by another bright shade. 
  • Avoid: Multicolored splashes (too perky for you). Monochromatic schemes without vivid accessories. Dull colors unless they are executed in rich textures.   
  • PRINTS should be bold and vivid, expressed in abstract geometrics, irregular shapes, or soft-edge asymmetrics. They should also have a blended edge as opposed to a sharp edge. Color combinations should be dramatically vivid, but the colors should fade into each other instead of being crisply defined. Wild animal prints, tropical prints, and any highly original motif that is both sophisticated and earthy, with a touch of wit, may all be used with ease. 
  • Avoid: Sharp geometrics. Small symmetrical prints. Watercolor florals. Small, animated prints. Intricate or ornate prints. 
  • ACCESSORIES: Accessories should be bold and angular with soft edges.
    • Shoes: Shoes tailored and angular, but have soft edges instead of sharp ones.  Flats can be clean and simple or man-tailored and slightly funky.  Evening sandals should be very bare. 
    • Avoid:  Overly delicate, strappy, and intricate shoes with trim. Plain pumps. 
    • BAGS: Should be large and unconstructed or large and cleanly tailored. Metallic box-shaped bags are excellent for evening. briefcases should be moderate width to elegantly narrow, and have firm construction. 
    • BELTS:  Should be original and unique: sashes, ties, metallics, ropes, etc. Wide belts with extremely bold buckles (hand carved, asymmetric, etc) are possible. 
    • Avoid:  Small symmetrical belts. Antique, intricate belts. 
    • HATS: Should be Oversized, bold, and unconstructed. Fur hats should be large and shaggy. 
    • Avoid: Severe, man tailored styles. Small ornate styles. Crisp, perky hats. 
    • HOSIERY: A flesh toned stocking is your best bet for daytime, suited looks. Colored stockings are funky on you and give a wild, free, casual effect. Ribbed stockings , all textures, and vivid opaque colors are all excellent for fun. To retain your strong vertical silhouette, be sure to pick up the stocking color elsewhere in your outfit and accessories when you use the “bright leg” look. Dark, sheer stockings are sexy in the evening on you, but they can seem overpowering during the day. Likewise, a light leg where the stocking and shoe are one or two shades lighter than the skirt can be elegant in a very special outfit (very “garden party”) but it can be too fussy for everyday wear, as it will be too matronly on you! 
    • JEWELRY:  Your jewelry is one of the most important elements of your entire look. It shows your sophistication as well as giving you the chance to express your creativity. Bold, heavy pieces are essential to you. Chunky shapes that are thick, rough, or asymmetric are always necessary. “Wearable art” that looks as if you picked it up at an expensive gallery, or on a journey overseas is excellent. (Anything that seems as though it was designed by an artists, or creatively crafted, falls into this category as well.)  Your version of conservative jewelry is thick and chunky metal in irregular shapes or soft-edged geometrics. Your version of glamorous jewelry is wildly executed “faux jewel” pieces–very sophisticated works of art! Funky costume jewelry is fun for you, but it’s for your casual look. Just remember to keep it big and bold.
    • Avoid: Delicate, antique jewelry. Ornate, intricate jewelry. sharp-edged geometrics. Small, symmetrical pieces. “No jewelry” or minimal looks. 

For the individual garment types, obviously, I will be focusing on the lines of the garment, as fabric and color choices would easily be controlled by the home sewer. It’s nice that he included a long list of acceptable fabrics though!

Jackets: should be long, unconstructed and loose. Relaxed cuts with broad padded shoulders are best. Length should be from top of the thigh down (never shorter). Simple oversized detail is best: large lapels or no lapels, big roomy pockets, easy double-breasted styles (worn open). 

Avoid: Severely tailored jackets. Symmetrically tailored jackets. Flouncy jackets. Cropped, fitted jackets.  

Coats – Level 1: There are tons of Flamboyant Natural coat designs out in the home sewing pattern market.  These styles tend to be really popular sorts of sewing designs because they are easy to fit and easy to construct.

BS-12-2018-108B: Long and unconstructed; this is about as short as a Soft Natural would want to go, ending at the top of the thigh.  No lapels, and a weighty fabric work well too.  
Butterick 6140: Large oversized collar detail, and a fairly unconstructed shape.
BS-10-2011-108: Long, unconstructed, loose, with large lapels.
BS-08-2012-106: Long, loose, and unconstructed.  Style that can be worn open are good.
BS-10-2015-103: Extremely unconstructed and loose.  Broad shoulders, very long, with very large lapels.  Big roomy pockets, easily worn open.
BS-09-2016-116: Relaxed cut with broad shoulders.  Top of the thigh length.
BS-12-2007-121: Flamboyant Naturals have fantastic winter coat options – the furry lining looks so cozy!
BS-01-2010-101: Bold lapels, with a fairly unconstructed silhouette.  This coat has a bit more shaping than the other styles, which gives a nice option if you are a Flamboyant Natural who wants a more tailored look.
BS-10-2011-131: Very simple, loose, and unconstructed.  No lapels.  In a different fabric this could work well at Level 2 as well.
BS-01-2016-122: Burda’s fur coat patterns are going to be great options for a Flamboyant Natural.  Unconstructed, simple, and usually a bit elongated.
BS-11-2004-106: Elongated and unconstructed, but quite practical with the hood and roomy pockets.
BS-12-2015-103: A more recent option.  This one has a tad more detail.  The “T” silhouette Kibbe wants for the Flamboyant Natural is quite apparent here. 
BS-09-2013-139: Unconstructed, loose, long, with bold pockets.
BS-11-2015-123: Another great Burda Plus option that is long, loose, and unconstructed.

Coats – Level 2: As the coats get a touch more formal we have a bit more crispness in the tailoring, though the silhouettes say fairly unconstructed.

Burda 6378: Long, with large lapels and big pockets.  I would call the shape fairly unconstructed, though not necessarily loose.  I think the slightly closer fit makes it feel really chic, and helps make it feel more formal than the Level 1 styles.
BS-09-2007-103: Loose and unconstructed.  I’d call the partial belt detail simple and oversized.  The slight sharpness of the collar adds the hint of formality to make this Level 2.
BS-12-2008-111: Long, unconstructed, and loose.  The cuffs add that simple, oversized detail.  The simplicity of this style with the rich feeling fabric make this feel “classic” in a timeless sense (not in a Kibbe sense).
BS-11-2011-101: I think a long, unconstructed fur coat can add a little glamour to a Flamboyant Natural party/date night look.
BS-11-2015-116: Loose and unconstructed, with large, oversized lapel detail.  The shape of the lapels feels very tailored, but the scale could only work on a Flamboyant Natural.
BS-08-2016-116: A relaxed cut that could be worn open.  Large pockets and no lapels.
BS-11-2016-121: Oversized Lapel detail.  I know Kibbe wants double breasted styles worn open, but that may not always be practical in the middle of winter.
BS-10-2017-120: The shape is unconstructed and the details are oversized.  A Flamboyant Natural has that extra yang to be able to pull off the geometric shapes on this coat.
BS-12-2017-109: I think the plaid might make this coat feel a little more casual, but in a different fabric I think this could feel more formal and go well over a nice work outfit.
McCall’s 7667: Elongated and unconstructed.  The asymmetric collar is a great option for Flamboyant Naturals.  
Vogue 8861: The almost-cape shape creates that “T” silhouette that Kibbe wants by creating broad shoulders, as does the oversized collar.  This coat also reads as very formal because of the detail, which makes it a nice option for a Flamboyant Natural who wants a really fancy coat or likes a more “classic” style.
BS-10-2013-102: Long, unconstructed, loose, and lacking any lapels.
BS-11-2018-101: Oversized collar and pockets, loose, unconstructed shape.
Burda 6394: This Burda Plus design is similar to the earlier style, and works for the same reasons.
Burda Plus F/W 2016 #415: Long, loose, and unconstructed, with no lapel.
BS-10-2007-125: Oversized collar and pocket details.  The shaping is pretty minimal, but adds just a hint of tailoring to create a more formal look.
BS-11-2010-136: Loose and unconstructed, with oversized lapels.
BS-11-2013-131: Long, loose, and unconstructed.
BS-04-2014-130: Fabric choice is critical to create the formality of a coat, since the styles are all so unconstructed and loose.
BS-02-2016-128A: Long, loose, unconstructed, with large pockets.  This style looks great worn open.

Coats – Level 3: For the Level 3 styles I was very liberal with Kibbe’s definition of “loose” and found patterns that had a certain amount of movement and drama about them.

BS-12-2018-112: Loose and unconstructed, with a length to the top of the thigh.  Imagine this in a sparkly bouclé – so fabulous for evening!
BS-08-2010-131: I think wraps can be really dramatic for evening looks; they are clearly loose and unconstructed and create simple, oversized shapes.
BS-11-2015-117A: Capes can work well for Flamboyant Naturals for the same reason – long, loose, unconstructed, but with a certain air of fancy formality.
BS-12-2011-114: Fancy fabrics can make basic unconstructed shapes feel formal.
BS-12-2011-116: How could you not look fabulous showing up in a fur coat with oversized collar? 
Simplicity 8509: Swing coats are long, loose, and unconstructed, but also fabulously formal.
BS-03-2010-130: A Flamboyant Natural may need a slightly heavier fabric (Kibbe recommends thick satins over thinner silks for evening), but the open neckline and wide collar fit into his recommendations.
BS-01-2015-131: Long, loose, unconstructed, with oversized lapel detail.  The simple sequin trim adds a fun formality that would be “too much” for anything but an evening look.
BS-09-2017-127: Fun colors can make simple unconstructed coats work well for evening.
BS-12-2018-124: Another cape/shawl/throw option.  The details on the collar are a great way to take a simple garment and make it evening appropriate. Bold, heavy rhinestones that create a “wearable art” look fit in the Flamboyant Natural vibe.

Jackets – Level 1: The Level 1 jackets are really more like lightweight coats because of the length requirements for the Flamboyant Natural.

Simplicity 8222: Elongated bomber styles have the loose, unconstructed shape, and look great worn open.
BS-11-2011-113: Parka styles are also great; long, loose with roomy pockets.
Kwik Sew 3622: This unconstructed shape is also to find in raincoat patterns.
BS-11-2011-115: Long, with very roomy pockets.  This whole outfit feels very “free spirit chic.”
Burda Plus S/S 2016 #415: Long, loose, unconstructed, with large pockets.
BS-10-2007-127: A Burda Plus loose parka style.
BS-03-2012-129: I think fringe works well with the Flamboyant Natural relaxed vibe.
BS-06-2017-121: A Burda Plus elongated bomber.
BS-10-2017-125: Another Burda Plus elongated parka.

Jackets – Level 2: The Level 2 styles have a bit more traditional tailoring and are a bit sleeker.  Still relatively unconstructed, but not quite so loose as the Level 1 jackets. 

Burda 6875: View B is long, and relatively unconstructed.  It could be a good pattern if you need a more traditional blazer style, but also want to keep that Flamboyant Natural vibe.
BS-12-2005-124: Another elongated, unconstructed blazer style.
Kwik Sew 4162: Loose and unconstructed, without a lapel.
BS-06-2012-107: The collar is a bit small, but the shape is long and relatively loose, and the pockets are quite large and unconstructed.
BS-04-2013-101: Long, loose, unconstructed, with slightly enlarged lapels.
BS-08-2013-123: Long, and relatively unconstructed.  No lapel, which works for a Flamboyant Natural.
BS-11-2013-118B: Very long, unconstructed blazer.  It looks great the way Burda styled it.
BS-05-2017-101: Very long and unconstructed, but the hints of sharp tailoring still give it a slightly formal feel.
McCall’s 7332: Long and unconstructed, with a large lapel detail.
BS-06-2011-115A: Relatively unconstructed, with roomy pockets.
Burda 6393: Long, roomy blazer options in the Burda Plus line.  Very large pockets!
Burda Plus F/W 2015 #411: Long, loose, and relatively unconstructed.
BS-04-2012-133: This feels loose and unconstructed on the model.
BS-10-2017-122: Long, loose, and unconstructed.

Jackets – Level 3: The Level 3 looks all have just a hint of added tailoring or a bit of extra detail to make them feel fancier. 

BS-12-2013-105C: Long, with no shaping on the front.  The lapel isn’t overly large, but it’s not too small either. 
Kwik Sew 4197: View B is long and unconstructed, with a large lapel.  It would look fabulous as part of an evening dinner suit.  View A is a touch too short for Flamboyant Naturals, but could easily be lengthened for a Level 1 look.
BS-10-2010-130: Definitely loose and unconstructed.  Adding a touch of trim makes it feel like an evening style.  It would work well over a slim dress to create the “T” silhouette. 
BS-10-2015-126: Loose fitting Burda Plus blazer.  The tailoring is very classic in style, but the blunt shape of the lapel will harmonize well with a Flamboyant Natural’s features, which is why I think it would work well for a Level 3 look.

Skirts: Skirts should be long and straight but not severe. Oversized and full skirts with deep folds are possible, as long as they are extreme, wide in shape, and worn with big tops. Short straight skirts are fun and funky – again, worn with oversized tops. Slits, pockets, kick pleats, buttons, plackets, etc, are good, but any draping or shirring should be kept low and loose (from the hips down) and no detail should ever inhibit mobility. Hemlines are longish on straight skirts (except for funky minis, etc), and should fall at the top of the calf or longer. Hemlines on full skirts are uneven and should be very long (bottom of the calf is the minimum length). 

Avoid:  Long, pencil-slim styles. Short symmetrical styles. Flouncy styles. Smooth, flared styles. 

Level 1: The Level 1 styles all have details or silhouettes that feel very casual. 

Burda 7208: Full skirt with a wide shape that goes to the bottom of the calf.
Burda Easy F/W 2018 #6B: Long and straight, but not severe.  
BS-02-2010-121: Fun/funky mini with “free spirit chic” fringe detail.
BS-10-2012-105: Long and striaght, but not restrictive. 
BS-08-2010-135: Fun mini style with pleats. 
BS-09-2011-110B: Another fun mini shape.
BS-01-2016-106: Long, bold, and sweeping.  The contrast on the hips adds detail but doesn’t impact mobility.
BS-02-2016-135: Long and straight, with a slit detail.
BS-02-2006-119: Oversized and full.  The slight ruffle/shirring detail is from the hips down.
BS-09-2011-136: Long and straight, but not restrictive.  This is the ultimate Kibbe Flamboyant Natural look – long, straight skirt with a big top.
BS-10-2011-102: Funky mini with jean skirt detail.
Burda 6491: View B is full and long.
Burda 6717: View A is a fun mini option for the Burda Plus sizes. 
Burda Plus S/S 2013 #431: smooth through the hips; detail on the lower half.  The shape is oversized, quite full, and long.
BS-08-2007-129: Long and straight, but the contrast godet keeps it from being severe or restrictive. 
BS-03-2017-124A: Long and straight, very loose, with easy movement. 

Level 2: I think the Level 2 styles would pair well with the Level 2 jackets. 

BS-02-2012-109B: Long and straight, but the gathering at the waist keeps it from being severe.  On other style IDs this would look more casual, but on a Flamboyant Natural it has a more tailored, formal look.
BS-12-2005-106: Long, straight, and full.  Fabric choice could take this pattern from super casual to full evening.
BS-10-2013-121: Long and straight, but with a bias detail that keeps the style feeling less severe.
BS-12-2014-117: Again, the draping keeps the shaping less severe.  The drape is from the hip down, so it works well.
BS-10-2017-117: Kibbe likes pleats for a Flamboyant Natural.  The overall shape is pretty straight, but not at all severe.
Vogue 1466: Long and straight, but with a slightly relaxed feel.
Simplicity 1322: I think View D (the longest style) could work nicely for a Flamboyant Natural.  It is long and relatively straight.  Kibbe also likes slit details.
New Look 6477: Uneven hem on a full skirt.
BS-04-2011-123: Long and full.
BS-09-2011-133: I think this sort of pleating adds both movement and vertical line, which work for a Flamboyant Natural.
BS-01-2011-111: A fun mini for a party look.
Burda 6714: Elongated and full.

Level 3: The Level 3 styles all have a bit more detail than the previous styles.

BS-12-2005-109A: Long and relatively straight, but definitely not severe.
Simplicity 8743: Oversized and full with deep folds.  Kibbe loves thick satin for a Flamboyant Natural evening look.
Burda Classic 2012 #0016: The impression is long and straight, but with bold folds that create wide shapes.  
BS-11-2008-104A: A shorter style with slight detail kept to the lower portion of the skirt.
BS-09-2014-105: Long and straight, but not restrictive.
BS-12-2015-115C: Long and straight, with a deep slit.  
BS-11-2006-135: Long and straight, but with added godets for mobility. 
BS-01-2013-135: Long, straight, and unrestrictive. 
BS-03-2016-134B: Long and straight, with a slit that prevents this skirt from being too restrictive.  Satin is a good choice for Flamboyant Natural evening looks.

Pants: Pants should be roomy and full. Man-tailored styles that are slightly wide and relaxed in construction. Deep pleats, full pockets, and wide, soft cuffs are excellent detail, as are pocket-flaps and plackets. Satiny evening pants that are wide and full are also excellent. 

Avoid: Sharply tailored and fitted pants. Overly draped pants with tapered legs.  

Level 1: The Level 1 styles all have details that read as very casual or a lack of detail to make a simple shape. 

Simplicity 8698: Athleisure looks are going to be f=great for Flamboyant Naturals.  Roomy, full shapes with bold geometric accents.
Simplicity 8750: Another fun athleisure style.
BS-06-2008-125: Roomy and full, with a deep pleat detail.
BS-04-2010-118: Full shape, with “man tailored” pocket detail.
Burda 6573: Full and room, with man-tailoring details.
Burda 7195: Wide, relaxed construction.
BS-05-2014-121: Roomy and full, with deep pleats and welt pocket tailoring detail.
Simplicity 1367: Loose knit styles will be roomy and comfy.
BS-09-2015-119: I think Flamboyant Naturals can make altheisure look chic in a way other style IDs can’t.
BS-06-2007-133: Wide shape with pocket detail.
BS-04-2007-134: Wide and roomy.

Level 2: The Level 2 styles get a touch more of the “man-tailoring” elements that Kibbe suggests. 

Burda 7366: Relaxed construction, with a few tailoring details. 
Butterick 5258: Roomy and slightly wide, yet feeling sharply tailored.
Burda 7122: Wide, with man-tailored design elements. 
BS-10-2007-107A: Roomy and full, with pleats, pockets, and soft cuffs.
BS-08-2008-105: More soft cuffs, and a button “placket” detail on the waistband.
BS-05-2009-111: Relaxed style with welt pocket detail.
BS-10-2011-124A: Wide and relaxed, with slight tailoring detail.
BS-06-2013-112: Wide shape, with full pockets.
Vogue 9351: Wide, relaxed, and full.
Vogue 9282: Wide shape, with tailoring detail.
Vogue 9257: Wide and full, with deep pleats at the waistband.  
Burda 6470: A Burda Plus option with a relaxed fit and lots of main-tailored pocket details.
Burda 6812: Relaxed, with deep pleats.
BS-01-2007-104: Very deep pleats create a relaxed shape.
BS-08-2015-125B: Relaxed, with some tailoring details.
BS-09-2015-118: Wide shape with deep pleats and pockets.
BS-11-2016-119: Soft cuffs, deep pleats, and wide shape.
BS-03-2017-115A: Relaxed shape with deep pleats.
McCall’s 6515: Wide and relaxed. 
Burda 6492: A relaxed Burda Plus style.
Burda Plus S/S 2012 #414: Relaxed fit, with pocket details.
BS-10-2012-139A: Wide shape, with pleats at the waist.

Level 3: Kibbe recommends satiny evening pants, and there are certainly a lot of patterns for this style.

Butterick 6130: Wide and full pants; this jumpsuit would look great in a satin evening fabric.
BS-08-2012-124B: Satin evening look with soft cuffs and pockets.
BS-02-2013-130: Soft pleats and a wide, relaxed shape.
Vogue 9176: Very wide and relaxed.
Burda 6544: Wide, with very deep pleat detail.
McCall’s 7164: Satin evening pants can be a fun place for Flamboyant Naturals to use a bold print.
Vogue 1480: Satin evening look in a rich fabric.
BS-10-2015-127: Burda Plus trouser with a relaxed fit and man-tailored tuxedo stripe. 
BS-08-2013-136: Satin evening pant with soft cuff in the Burda Plus size range. 

Blouses: Blouses should be roomy and full with simple detail and relaxed construction. Wide and horizontal cuts with clean necklines that are unrestricted are best. Camisoles are very useful under jackets. 

Avoid: Severely tailored blouses. Overly fitted blouses. Overly ornate blouses with intricate or fussy detail. Blouses with high, stiff or constricted necklines. 

Level 1: It’s pretty easy to find casual tops that fit Flamboyant Natural guidelines in the home sewing market; this is just a small selection.

Burda 6427: Roomy, with somple construction.
BS-02-2006-123: Simple detail and relaxed construction.
BS-01-2008-122: Clean, unrestricted neckline.
BS-04-2008-122: Wide, horizontal cut.
BS-07-2011-116: Roomy and full, with relaxed construction.
BS-05-2012-129: Clean, simple lines.
BS-10-2013-107A: Relaxed fit.
BS-03-2017-118: Wide, horizontal neckline.
BS-07-2018-117: Roomy and full, with simple detail.
BS-10-2018-120: Very simple, roomy, and emphasizing horizontal lines with a clean neckline.
BS-07-2010-128: Wide, relaxed fit.  It looks great worn over a cami/tank.
BS-04-2011-121A: roomy and full, with simple detail.  Great to create that “T” silhouette. 
BS-04-2017-116B: Simple, relaxed construction.  This would work well under a casual jacket (or one of the previous two shirt patterns). 
BS-05-2011-109: Camisole for under a jacket (or a super hot day).
BS-03-2011-128: Great combination of shirt/jacket to create a relaxed fit.
Burda 6590: Relaxed fit to create the horizontal line.
BS-01-2018-105A: Roomy and full.
BS-03-2010-126: Wide, horizontal cut.  Great option for fall.
Burda Plus S/S 2012 #425: Relaxed and roomy.
BS-06-2017-126: Relaxed fit; a great basic t-shirt for Flamboyant Naturals.
BS-06-2017-123A: Another relaxed t-shirt pattern.
BS-10-2012-144: Wide horizontal cut, and clean neckline.
BS-07-2012-140: Simple detail and roomy fit, with a clean neckline.
BS-08-2009-136: Wide, horizontal cut.
BS-01-2018-109: Wide, roomy, horizontal shape.
BS-02-2011-115: Relaxed construction, with a roomy, simple shape.

Level 2:

Burda 6458: Roomy and full, with simple detail and wide, relaxed construction. 
BS-02-2008-101A: Wide horizontal cut and unrestricted feel.  
BS-06-2009-109A: Simple, wide shapes and a clean neckline. 
BS-01-2015-113A: Roomy and full, with relaxed construction. 
BS-05-2015-111: Wide and roomy, with minimal neckline detail.
BS-12-2015-121A: Very relaxed with, with a clean, open neckline.
BS-09-2013-121: I think this top skirts the line between being “too large” and nicely relaxed.  I think it could work as part of a more formal office look with one of the Level 2 skirts or trouser options. 
BS-05-2016-111B: Camisole that would be great under a jacket. 
BS-04-2015-103: Another great layering piece; clean, unrestricted neckline. 
Butterick 5526: I think this might be my favorite “traditional button up” blouse for all of the Natural types.  The bottom left and bottom right views both have an unrestricted, clean feel that is still professional . 
Burda 6632: Very classy blouse, but the cut is still unrestricted, with a clean, open neckline. 
BS-03-2010-128: Wide, horizontal construction with minimal detail and a clean neckline.
BS-03-2010-129: Similar to the previous style, though this would likely work better for a fun night out and probably not so much for work.
BS-12-2015-118B: Roomy and full, with simple clean shapes.
McCall’s 7357: Relaxed fit, with a clean neckline. 
Simplicity 1280: This blouse it simple and unrestrictive, but also looks formal enough to wear to work. 
BS-08-2016-125: Relaxed, wide shapes.
BS-03-2010-127: Flamboyant Naturals look good in tops that create a “T” shape.
BS-03-2017-126B: Relaxed Burda Plus option. 
BS-04-2016-128: Burda Magazine has a lot of simple tops, with clean necklines, that will work well for the Flamboyant Natural. 
BS-02-2014-137: Simple and relaxed, with an emphasis on the horizontal cut. 
BS-08-2013-140: Simple and unrestrictive. 
BS-06-2012-142: Collared shirts work if they are work partially unbuttoned. 
BS-01-2012-133: Very relaxed and unrestricted. 
BS-06-2011-128: Roomy and full, with simple detail. 
BS-04-2012-129: Simple, clean shapes. 
BS-02-2012-108A: Roomy and full, with simple detail and clean, open neckline.

Level 3: A lot of the Level 3 tops are camisoles that would work well under a fancy evening jacket, though there are a few tops that world work well on their own with nice trousers or a fancy skirt.

BS-07-2013-104: Clean and unrestricted.  Kibbe likes shiny things for evening, as long as they have some weight to them, so I think he would approve of a slightly heavy looking sequin top.
BS-05-2016-115A: Wide, horizontal shape with a clean, open neckline.
Simplicity 8260: Unrestricted, easy fitting evening tops that have just a hint of detail.
BS-06-2017-120: Another sequin cami option.
BS-11-2016-112: Shiny fabrics don’t have to have sequins!  I love how this looks under a roomy coat; I think this look would be Kibbe approved for a Flamboyant Natural.
BS-01-2014-108: Wide, easy shapes that work well in fancy fabrics are good for evening. 
McCall’s 7051: Simple detail, and relaxed construction, but with a touch of glamour.  
Burda 7625: Wide “T” shape.
BS-01-2012-132: Simple, relaxed shape, with one simple sleeve detail.
BS-03-2010-134B: A but more detail, but the overall shape is quite relaxed, so I think it works.

Sweaters: Sweaters should be long, roomy, and boldly cut. Thick, heavy, rough, or ultraplush knits are best. Longhaired or shaggy knits are also good. Patterns should be bold and oversized. Skinny knits should be extremely oversized. All sweaters should have shoulder pads. 

Avoid: Lightweight, clingy knits. Fluffy knits. Cropped sweaters. Symmetrical, fitted styles such as crew-necked shetlands. 

Level 1: The Level 1 sweaters are great for casual fall days for a Flamboyant Natural.

BS-05-2003-124B: As pictured I think the knit is a bit thin, but I think the length and shape of the pattern is good.  I just might choose a different fabric to add the chunky roughness that Kibbe describes for the fabrication. 
BS-10-2016-126: Long, roomy, and boldly cut in a thick, plush knit.
Burda 6356: Long, roomy sweater that would work great in a plush knit fabric.
BS-10-2015-109A: Ok, so the length is a bit too cropped, but I think the collar is great.  Just a tad more length and it would be perfect. 
BS-11-2012-134: Poncho styles look roomy and boldly cut; they are perfect for a casual but chic Flamboyant Natural outfit. 
Burda Plus F/W 2013 #410: Another style that is too short, but I wanted to show the fabrication because I think this is a fun “shaggy” knit that Kibbe recommends.

Level 2: The Level 2 styles are all a bit more detailed or a bit more form fitting, so they feel more appropriate for a more formal outfit or occasion. 

Simplicity 8811: Possibly a bit too “symmetrical” but I think in a chunky knit this pattern could work as layering topper for a work look.
BS-12-2009-119: Long, roomy, and bold.  It feels relaxed, but not too sloppy for work.
BS-01-2012-111: Long, roomy, and boldly cut in a shaggy knit. 
BS-07-2013-109A: Long and roomy.
BS-10-2014-102: Bold shapes in a heavy knit fabric.
BS-11-2015-103A: Long and bold, but simple enough to wear as part of a work outfit.
BS-12-2010-107: Extremely oversized skinny knit option.  
BS-10-2014-113: Long and bold in a thick knit, but still elegant.
BS-01-2017-102: Wide sweatshirt in bold shapes.  
Burda 6476: View B would be great for a Flamboyant Natural.
BS-09-2008-111: This elongated styel could work well for a fun party outfit. 
BS-09-2014-114B: Slightly elongated, in a pretty bold silhouette.  This is a good pattern to utilize a bold, oversized printed fabric. 
BS-09-2014-121: Long, boldly cut option in a thick, ultraplush knit. 
BS-11-2010-144: Ponchos can be classy with a little added hardware. 
BS-01-2013-136: Long, roomy, boldly cut, but simple in shape and detail. 
BS-09-2014-137: Thick, plush, and bold.
BS-08-2013-139: A good option for an ultraplush knit. 

Level 3: I picked patterns for Level 3 to gives ideas both for patterns and fabrications. 

BS-07-2011-101: A Flamboyant Natural would need a longer hem, but the shape of this sweater is a good starting point.  I think Flamboyant Naturals could look really fun in a sequin cardigan. 
BS-07-2013-109B: An example that is already elongated and boldly cut. 
Burda Plus F/W 2015 #429: Skinny knit in an extremely oversized top.  Metallic knits could be fun for evening looks. 
BS-12-2010-109: Long and roomy.  Sequins add sparkle, but also a rough texture.
BS-12-2011-131: A Burda Plus sequin option.  It would also need to be lengthened, but it is a good starting point.
BS-12-2018-124: Adding sparkles could be a fun way to make a poncho more evening appropriate.

Dresses: Dresses should be bold and sweeping. Broad shoulders and an elongated waist (usually dropped) are best. They are relaxed in outline and shape, and may be either very narrow and slinky or wide and full cut. Shirring, draping, appliqué, etc., should be kept low and executed in bold, abstract patterns. 

Avoid: Flouncy dresses with excess detail and ornate, fussy trim. Severely tailored dresses. Overly fitted dresses with crisp or animated detail. 

Level 1: Since the silhouettes of the Flamboyant Natural dresses are all so sweeping and loosely constructed, strategic use of details and fabrics will determine level of dress. 

Burda 6509: Bold and sweeping, with broad shoulders. Relaxed in shape. 
BS-05-2010-108: Bold shapes, with minor details at the dropped waist.
BS-06-2012-113: Bold and sweeping in a relaxed cut. 
BS-06-2012-134: Bold shapes with a relaxed outline.
BS-05-2010-103: Bold, broad shoulders, a relaxed cut, and minimal shirring detail.
BS-12-2010-112: Relaxed outline with broad shoulders. 
BS-01-2015-113B: Relaxed outline, with broad, sweeping shapes.  I think this is a good example of how a Flamboyant Natural can look more tailored/polished; it is easy to fall into the boho stereotype with this style ID, but I think fabric choice can really help communicate a mood with these types of clothes.  In a bold print this dress would have a very different fell. 
BS-03-2015-122: Bold and sweeping, with a wide cut skirt.
McCall’s 7593: Relaxed in shape, narrow and slinky.
Butterick 5870: This could be a fun casual fall look. 
BS-07-2009-109A: Bold shoulder shape and relaxed fit. 
BS-06-2015-117: Very relaxed and sweeping.
BS-06-2016-101C: Bold shapes with broad shoulders. 
BS-03-2017-117A: Dropped waist with relaxed, narrow silhouette. 
BS-10-2018-115B: Narrow style dress that still feels relaxed and comfortable. 
BS-07-2010-110: Bold, sweeping, relaxed summer maxi dress. 
BS-05-2015-113: Very relaxed, but narrow silhouette, with broad shoulders and minimal detail. 
BS-04-2016-128B: Relaxed, sweeping Burda Plus option. 
BS-04-2015-130B: How could you describe this as anything but bold and sweeping?  No other style ID would have the stature to pull off this look; they’d be drowning in fabric. 
BS-11-2013-135B: Simple, relaxed silhouette. 
BS-04-2011-116: Narrow and relaxed.
BS-02-2014-118: Very relaxed silhouette.
Vogue 1489: Bold shapes in an easy, slightly draped dress with a dropped waist look.

Level 2: Level 2 looks are a bit more tailored, or a bit more intentional in their draping, but still with the bold, sweeping shapes. 

BS-12-2018-109A: Very narrow style with a relaxed outline. 
BS-02-2011-116: Simple, relaxed shapes with broad shoulders. 
BS-04-2011-119A: Relaxed outline, but with a very polished and clean look.  This would be very work appropriate, but still be a great style for a Flamboyant Natural. 
BS-07-2012-104: Relaxed, narrow, and bold. 
BS-07-2012-105: Dropped waist, with the draping detail happening low on the hip.
BS-07-2012-112: Another narrow dropped waist style with relaxed fit. 
BS-02-2013-136: Dropped waist with a bold, sweeping skirt.  Once again the detailed segments are low on the body.
BS-05-2015-105: Bold and sweeping.  The line drawing shows a fair amount of detail, but it isn’t too bold on the garment, or too close to the face, so I think it still works with Kibbe’s recommendations.
Butterick 6409: Bold, sweeping, relaxed, and full with minimal detail.
BS-10-2008-115: Relaxed, narrow silhouette.
BS-10-2009-117: A bold, wide but relaxed silhouette with broad shoulders. 
BS-12-2016-118A: Narrow and draped, with relaxed, bold shapes.
Vogue 9150: Narrow and simple, but with a slightly relaxed fit to the skirt.  I think this could look great as part of an office look, especially with a blazer or one of the sweater options.
Butterick 6571: Relaxed style, but still bold in impact.
BS-12-2010-111: Relaxed, and narrowly fitted.
BS-01-2016-103C: Sweeping, but still narrow and relaxed in silhouette.
McCall’s 6986: A slightly fancier options.  I’d still call this relaxed, but the touch of draping at the waist adds an elevated touch.
BS-09-2011-109: I’d call this bold and sweeping, but also narrow and relaxed.  This could provide a lot of fun ways to mix fabric and create casual or formal looks. 
BS-08-2018-124: Bold, relaxed shapes on this Burda Plus dress. 
BS-06-2017-125: Another simple, relaxed Burda Plus style. 
BS-08-2015-126B:Broad shoulders, bold shapes, but a relaxed fit.  This could be a good dress for a more casual work environment.  
BS-06-2013-138: Simple, narrow, relaxed style with broad shoulder emphasis. 
BS-06-2011-131: Another relaxed, narrow style that has a broad shoulder line. 
BS-05-2011-134: Wide cut, but very relaxed in silhouette. 
BS-06-2011-129: Narrow and relaxed, with minimal, simple detail.
BS-01-2011-125A: Bold shapes and narrow, easy silhouette. 
BS-04-2015-119: Broad, sweeping shapes with a dropped waist and slinky feel.

Level 3: These styles are all a bit slinkier to emphasize the body a bit more to really add a more formal feel.

BS-04-2011-126: Slinky, relaxed, with a dropped waist.
BS-07-2012-102: Another relaxed shape that is narrow and slinky.
BS-11-2010-112: Dropped waist in a style that is bold and emphasizing broad shoulders. The bow detail is kept low. 
Simplicity 3785: Slinky, but bold and sweeping, with minimal detail.
Burda 6583: Bold and sweeping, with broad shoulders.  View A is a fantastic option here. 
Burda 7408: Narrow and sweeping.
Burda 7405: Narrow and sweeping, with minimal detail.
BS-11-2010-107: Narrowly clingy, but still relaxed.  The addition of a belt can create a dropped waist effect. 
BS-12-2013-119C: Narrow and clingy, but relaxed.
BS-03-2015-121: We saw this dress earlier in a Level 1 versions; fabric really is key in communicating formality in these relaxed styles. 
Vogue 1047: Red carpet look.  Bold and sweeping, with an open neckline that showcases broad shoulders. 
BS-11-2010-106: Shorter styles can be fun too.  The use of the ribbon belt would be perfect for a Flamboyant Natural look.
BS-04-2012-128B: Slinky and narrow, but with a relaxed fit that works for a Flamboyant Natural.
Simplicity 1420: Narrow and clingy; this would look great in a heavy satin, which Kibbe recommends for evening looks. 
BS-11-2016-108C: Broad shoulders and a relaxed, narrow fit.
BS-09-2018-101: Relaxed, but bold.
McCall’s 7653: Narrow, clingy style.
Vogue 1250: Bold shoulders but an easy, relaxed fit.
Simplicity 2580: Bold and sweeping, but with a narrow outline.
Burda 6857: Narrow, clingy silhouette, with very clean lines. 
BS-06-2010-111: Bold and sweeping for sure.  Relaxed silhouette, with a narrow shape.
BS-03-2014-121: Bold, fully wide silhouette, with a sweeping skirt and bold shoulder emphasis. 
BS-03-2016-132: This Burda Plus dress is relaxed and narrow, but also has a full, sweeping skirt.
BS-03-2015-136: Relaxed, narrow, clingy shapes.
BS-12-2011-132B: Relaxed fit, with a dropped waist.
BS-11-2011-109B: Relaxed shape with broad shoulders.
BS-01-2015-120: Relaxed, boldly sweeping dress.

Evening Wear: Bold shapes with sweeping lines. Shoulder emphasis. Easy necklines. Bold prints. Glitzy fabric. Smooth fabric. Slightly plush fabric. Ultradrapable fabric (matte jersey, etc.) Either minimal detail or bold, broad detail. Broad-shoulder gowns with dropped waists. Widely cut, unconstructed gowns of draped fabric (matte jersey, silk, etc.). Evening pants ensembles (long, bed jackets with wide-legged satin pajama pants, etc.). Bare gowns with bold jewelry. Evening sarongs. Evening caftans. Evening sweater dresses with glitz. 

Flamboyant Naturals have a lot of options when it comes to evening wear.  I think we saw a lot of these styles in the Level 3 dress options, but I’ve found some even fancier styles that would work well for the most formal of events. 

Butterick 5987A: Bold shapes with sweeping lines.  Smooth fabric, shoulder emphasis.  Also the “bare gown with bold jewelry” could work well with this look.
Burda 6944: View A is nothing if not bold and sweeping.  It has an “evening caftan” look, but more formal.  The bare dress with bold jewelry look also works well here.
Burda 7256: Sweeping lines with shoulder emphasis.
BS-12-2007-109: Smooth fabric in bold, sweeping shapes with shoulder emphasis. 
BS-12-2007-110: Bold shape with sweeping lines.  Lots of potential to mix smooth and glitzy fabrics in this gown.
BS-04-2009-102: Bold and sweeping, with ultradrapable fabrics.
BS-12-2011-120: Bold, sweeping lines in a smooth, shiny fabric.
BS-12-2011-123: Bold, sweeping lines and minimal detail.
BS-03-2012-104: Minimal detail with an easy neckline.
BS-03-2012-108C: Simple, with bold, sweeping shapes.
BS-07-2014-122B: Bold, simple shapes and lots of draping.
McCall’s 7685: Bold shapes, sweeping lines, shoulder emphasis, ultradrapable fabrics.
Vogue 9053: Bold, simple, sweeping shapes and shoulder emphasis. 

And that’s it!  I actually had a lot more styles selected for Flamboyant Naturals, but whittled it down to showcase the best of the best. As I mentioned in my Naturals post, Burda loves a Natural silhouette, so I had a lot of examples from the magazine.  I also I respond to bold, sweeping lines myself (similar to the Soft Dramatic lines I like so much), so I had a lot of non-Burda options as well.

When people talk about the “Natural” types, I think the default stereotype is Flamboyant Natural.  The boho vibe definitely comes from these recommendations, as does the impression that naturals are tall, muscular, and not very curvy.  I think this can cause a lot of confusion surrounding the three Natural types; while the broad, blunt bones and underlying muscularity are definitely features of the Flamboyant Natural type, there is still plenty of room for variability between all three Natural subtypes.  And while the clothes do need to be loose and unconstructed to accommodate for the bone structure, I think there are plenty of examples in this post that show that this does not have to be the de facto look for anyone in this style ID. While Kibbe fully allows for use of bold prints, a Flamboyant Natural who wants a more classic look could easily opt for using bold color blocks in solid colors to create something that is more striking, still in keeping with their lines, but also not coming off as boho casual.  Similarly, slight use of shirring detail is allowed, which would totally help create a more Romantic vibe if you wanted to go in that direction.  There is a lot of room to play in this category; Flamboyant Naturals get to utilize separates and bold prints like a Gamine, but still have a clean simplicity from the silhouettes and style lines. I think that the overall line and silhouette is the most important aspect of a look for a Flamboyant Natural, whereas fabric choice and styling allows a lot of room for individualization and personality to come through.

On a personal note, I’m finding that I have a much better appreciation of the Flamboyant Natural style after doing this post.  It was perhaps one of my least favorite IDs before I started this blog series, but now I’m sort of envious of the ultra relaxed style.  You want to talk about secret pajamas?  Flamboyant Naturals rock at secret pajamas.  Plus, there are a lot of looks  here that would be ridiculous on me (or, to be fair, on most people not in this style ID) – too large in scale, too wild, too much fabric.  Flamboyant Naturals get to have this nonchalant, “yeah I just sort of woke up like this” kind of vibe that I think any of us could be envious about.  Honestly though, doing these posts has really helped me appreciate a wider variety of styles and clothing options in a more intellectual way.  I’ve also realized that my dislike for certain things comes from suspecting how they will look on me, which is great if I’m trying to discern what patterns I should sew, but not as helpful when I’m assessing new pattern releases in one of my blog reviews for the general reader.  I’m finding I’m much more open minded looking at new pattern releases, though I have to admit I’ve started mentally categorizing them into Kibbe options.  I know this series has changed how I look at fashion and style lines, but I think it ultimately has given me more tools to better visualize how sewing pattern styles will look on others as well.

Coming Next Week: We’ve almost made it!  Next week will be our final style ID!  Obviously the only subtype we have left is to see what happens when we add a little extra yin to the Natural type, so join me next week as we wrap up this portion of the Sew Your Kibbe series with a look at Kibbe’s Soft Natural!

21 thoughts on “Sew Your Kibbe: Flamboyant Natural

  1. I am loving these. I very much like the FN clothing but I am not sure I am tall enough to take the more voluminous pieces. Years ago on the old ‘Color Connection’ chat board we reckoned I was FN but maybe I’m just N (or even SN?). The flip side is I have some shorter fitted jackets which I never wear and suspect these should just get donated as they are no good for FN or N.

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    1. I’m also realizing there are clothes I don’t wear, and I’m coming to understand that it’s the lack of Soft Natural line that makes them feel odd or uncomfortable. I expect I’ll be doing a wardrobe clear out/donation next year as well.


  2. What a treat to read on Christmas morning before anyone else has woken up. From my small scale 5’3″ and what I now know as gamine build, this is definitely not what I should be wearing, but I always wanted to be that nonchalant tall girl. I ‘knew’ somehow I couldn’t wear these loose oversized garments – now great to analyse why.

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  3. What a fabulous series! Thank you so much for sharing this knowledge and going to the effort of finding all the wonderful example patterns! I may be a FN or one of the other Ns I think – looking forward to reading the final post in the series. Thanks again!

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      1. You inspired me for sure – I found the questionnaire and it shows me to be a Soft Natural – so I am very much looking forward to your final post now :D. In the meantime, I am going to pull some of my own patterns out and try to match to the descriptions. Shame – I really liked the FN patterns you showed above 😉 ! …Also, I found it interesting that as well as physically matching the SN definition, my personality is also well described by Kibbe – it makes me wonder how that happens?? I do believe that genetics drive physical attributes and also our neuro/thought patterns but didn’t expect he would be so close to my own reality – Kibbe clearly spent quite some time analysing these things to have developed his theory!!

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  4. THANK YOU. This is so definitely my type. Some of the other types have come close, but have not been quite right. Until now. For example, most dresses or dress patterns don’t interest me at all, but ALL of the dresses you picked for this subtype I love. I literally could wear everything single garment on this post.

    And yes you are right, we rock at secret pajamas, so much so that I didn’t understand the meaning, because I NEVER wear uncomfortable clothes.

    Absolutely fantastic series, best thing I have ever read about personal style. Again, thank you.

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    1. Awww, thank you so much! I’m so glad you finally found your type in these posts – I know you’ve been reading through them all. And thank you for being patient – it’s taken a while but I was able to get there eventually!


  5. Love them all! I was dressing like this for years and it took some time for me to realize I looked like I was buried under a mountain of loose fabric. That’s part of what set me on the whole style journey. I still cheat with this type for casual wear. Since I’m a DC I usually try to limit it to FN/N/SN top or pant but not both at the same time.

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    1. Merriam Style has an interesting video where she talks about casual styles for Dramatic and Natural types; she’s of the opinion that FN don’t have to wear all FN pieces at the same time because otherwise it can look too much like a shapeless sack, but as long as the majority of pieces/overall impression is FN then it works. I can definitely see in today’s fashions why this is the case, though in 80s styles when Kibbe write the book I could see it actually all working together with the fashion of the time. I could also see how adding one FN piece could really work to make any other type have a casual feel, as least those with a yang influence.


  6. Was sure I was a Dramatic but it looks like I could fit into this category as well – mostly – from the description in the beginning. I love soooooo many of these patterns (and have some of them). The whole idea of this style is really great. Thank you SO much for all this work! It’s so inspiring to looks through these styles and once we have figured out basically where we can fit in, and then find patterns we like to boot, it just makes me want to sew right away!

    Happy holidays/christmas and have a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year! Your posts on these Kibbe have surely been time consuming for you but what a wonderful resource it is.

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  7. A lovely Christmas present. This series has been so fun! I’m definitely not a FN but as California girl moved to snow country I’d love to burrow into most of these coats until spring. 😉

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  8. Thank you so much for the time that you’ve taken to put together this series! I had never heard of Kibbe before, and it makes so much sense to me and I can see that I’ve always been drawn to the Natural style- probably the Flamboyant natural. My daughters have always said that no one else could pull off wearing the stuff that I make, but me, and that totally fits with this theory! One of my daughters will often borrow my clothes, so I think that she’s a Natural too- but she’s quite a bit shorter than I am, so probably fall in the main Natural category, not the flamboyant. I will keep coming back here to study your choices for this style.

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  9. Hi there. I’m new to your blog and find it amusing that you have this “Sew Your Kibble” series. I know David Kibbe and worked for him briefly at his studio when he was still conducting his color and style workshops for Color Me Beautiful. His book, in which many of my friends appeared, basically puts his own spin on CMB, but actually isn’t very different from it. When he told me I am a Flamboyant Natural, it was before he broke away from CMB and started doing his own thing – yet my analysis (the hard copy of which I still have somewhere) is mostly the same as what you’ve included above in your description of this style. So, if one cannot find his book, one can still do very well with the original Color Me Beautiful book (by Carole Jackson), which I believe might be available on’s digital lending library.

    Anyway, regarding the FN style category, a lot of your recommendations are spot on, but you’ve included far too many patterns with belts and definition at the waist! That’s a very important element to being FN. Even just a waist seam without embellishment can be too much. I’ve lived as an Autumn FN since the mid-1980s and his recommendations have held true for my body type even as I’ve aged. The avoidance of any emphasis at the waist is the biggest challenge for me, whether it’s a pattern or RTW, because so many lovely designs have a defined waist. I have a rectangular body shape with long legs and a high waist. Any emphasis at all should be either hip height and below or up around neckline and shoulders. Waist seams and belts always looked absolutely horrible on me. The other challenge is trying to find designs that aren’t too fussy or overly complex and structured. Menswear looks are great on me as long as there’s not a lot of seams. However, even though I immersed myself in my style according to CMB/Kibbe and know it extremely well after so many decades of living it, I still occasionally give in to an urge for something that isn’t best for me and then later realize my hopes about somehow making these mistakes work were just wishful thinking and they will never work. What I love about being a Flamboyant Natural is how I can wear big flowy things and look great in garments that people who aren’t FN would call “shapeless sacks,” hahaha.

    I’m enjoying reading these descriptions in your series and reminiscing about the days when just about my whole circle of friends went to David for a color and style analysis, and the idea was all new to us.

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  10. I love love ❤️ your writings on sew your Kibbe and a specially on the flamboyant naturals, because I consider myself as one.
    Could you consider to update the patterns , preferably the Burdastyle ones, because I’m still not certain which ones to choose from the newest items.


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